|The Women's Dream Quest|
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Little Miracles on the Path
The Women's Dream Quest, led by Judith Tripp is a beloved annual event sponsored by Veriditas at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco and other venues around the country. The first Quest was held 26 years ago at Grace and continues to draw a wide circle of women seeking a particularly feminine form of spiritual celebration.
The Quest begins at 7:00 on a Friday evening. Women bring sleeping bags, pillows, mats and warm clothing. First we learn a series of songs welcoming us to the peace of the cathedral, invoking the Divine Mother, celebrating the circle. After the warm up of the songs, we have an opening ceremony where we walk onto the labyrinth, experience psycho-spiritual exercises inviting our inner maiden, mother and crone into our consciousness, breathing our way to relaxation. We then greet each other in a heartful Sufi dance and form our circle. Local dancers and musicians present us with the theme of the Quest and then lead us in a procession throughout the body of the Cathedral.
|At the high altar, we choose medicine cards that send us off to an hour of small circle process with able leaders from the community. After the intimate hour of sharing, we are free to walk the labyrinth, create art, receive healings, chant in the quire and sleep in the grandeur of the Cathedral.
In the very early morning we are awakened by a song, spend an hour in quiet labyrinth walking, yoga and meditation and meet in our small groups. We then have a closing ceremony on the labyrinth, afterward adjourning to the meeting hall for breakfast, small group presentations and a final circle.
This year our theme will be Dreaming Gratitude,
first November 15-16 at Grace and then in Chicago, Charlottesville, Santa Fe and hopefully Philadelphia.
For more information, read Judith Tripp's book: Circleway, the Story of the Women's Dream Quest, available on Amazon
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For this September’s Donor Spotlight interview, I had the pleasure of talking with Judy Powell who has been a donor and strong supporter of Veriditas for many years. Below is her story.
Rita: How did you get involved with Veriditas?
Veriditas. It was like holding on to the tiger’s tail, because every time I turned around it was a new insight or new experience. Or something was just placed in front of me that there was no rhyme or reason to it. It was just amazing.
Rita: Would you talk about your inspiration for and work you have done with the labyrinth?
I took the facilitator training in 2006. It was not my idea to present or teach or organize but I’m good at going behind the scenes and figuring out what group might need a labyrinth and encouraging them, especially encouraging individuals. We have a labyrinth here at Sea Island in the spa which is what they call a Petite Chartres, which is a 7 circuit labyrinth (didn’t have enough room for an 11 circuit). I helped Sea Island get that work done and things like that.
Rita: Why do you donate to Veriditas?
I believe that each of us needs a way to quiet our minds and open our hearts and I can’t think of a better tool than the labyrinth. It’s very important to me to spread as many labyrinths around as we can. It’s the quiet and contemplative aspect of it that I think is so healing. You can walk it alone or in the community and the healing is still taking place. We’re touching each other’s hearts and opening our own. After many years of encouragement my sons finally came to walk the labyrinth at the Open Door. They know my commitment. It’s just another layer that as you grow you expand yourself a little bit more and the labyrinth certainly helps us to do that. It’s how we help each other grow…The labyrinth to me is a beautiful and magnificent instrument, one that every human can play. The music is that of the soul.
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The Global Healing Response, founded in 2005 by Council member Ellen Bintz Meuch, offers an annual theme and quarterly ideas and information to enrich labyrinth walks. The GHR theme for 2013 is Truth and the focus for this quarter is Authenticity. The quote is by Eckhart Tolle, “Only the truth of who you are, if realized, will set you free.” If each of us could host or personally take the time for a GHR labyrinth walk, think of the unified healing energy we could create! The third quarter is posted on the website, www.globalhealingresponse.com. We encourage you to visit the site soon and often. All resources since 2005 are listed.
Each month, Linda Mikell, secretary to the Veriditas Council and New England Regional Representative, emails a Little Miracles on the Path story to 439 facilitators who have signed up for them. Facilitators from all over the world send her stories about interesting, touching events that happen at their labyrinth walks. If you would like to receive these stories, please contact Linda (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please don’t forget to send your story when you have one. Little Miracles are archived on the Facilitators Portal of the Veriditas Website.